Etienne Aigner Showroom, NYC
words/images Judith Ecochard
|The Daily Duffle-$355|
|The Daily Crossbody (left) $275-The Daily mini (right) $135|
Eitienne Aigner ---the high-end handbag/carry-alls/accessories/jewelry label---continues the successful revamp of the brand---originally founded in the USA by Hungarian bookbinder, formerly Paris dwelling, Eitienne Aigner back in the 1950's...
|The Daily-NS Tote $475|
|Preface II Dome Satchel (middle-burnished full grain cordovan red) $350...with The Daily Satchel (left, right) $395-in burnished full grain and large grain|
|Page One -Python print leather trim-smooth napa leather or burnished full grain|
|Page One Clutch $215 -in mustard full grain, python print leather trim|
|First Edition Wallet -front-$165|
|Marker Tote $395|
|Marker Convertible Shoulder $375-smooth napa|
|Dewey Tote-workhorse of leather haulers $295-burnished full grain, large grain, and smooth napa versions available|
|zipped closure---plenty of inner compartments|
|Dewey Tote-$295 with python print leather trim|
|Page One Clutch $215-smooth napa -python print leather trim|
|silver hardware---nice detail of this Page One Tote $495|
|Epic Stachel $295 burnished full grain|
---and true to her working mom ethos...showed why the carry-alls she fashioned...are for 21st century multi-taskers ---such as herself...with multiple compartments, optional shoulder straps, magnetic closures and/or solid zippers, and inner/outer compartments sized for all our personal electronics, keys, subway passes, cosmetics...etc.
|Daniela Anastassio Bardazzi, Creative Director---talks about the need for versatile carry-alls ("schleppers")|
|optional shoulder straps...|
|hardware detail---in a horse bit shape|
PLUS: High quality leathers, quality production, the classic hardware shapes with equestrian references- subtle, not blingy metal, exotic print leather trims, and durable canvas lining---all details that are true to the label's heritage...especially the iconic 'A' horse bit shaped closures/buckles.
|shape and make of these handbag handles-very elegant, imo|
|Page One Shoulder-$350|
|love the canvas linen lining|
|First Edition $165---wallets-are large ---with plenty of inner compartments in a sleek profile|
|textured leathers...clean modern design including this iPad holder-Paperback smooth napa or lizard leather print-$165|
|yes, bags expand|
|camera bag---boxy shape is practical-top with double zip|
|wallets---roomy enough to work as clutches---nice gold trim---reminds us of old Fandi accessory we have|
|well lined...Page One group|
From every angle-the Page One Crossbody (pictured below---$165...actually spacious---
|Marker Collection-$285-$495-refined, practical....classics|
|Marker Satchel LOVE $285|
Archival lookbooks-dating back to the company's 1950's origins...serve as inspiration for today's Aigner pieces.
|Can carry these half century old handbags around today...|
Classic vintage handbags----made from signature cordovan leather.
|Vicuna Smooth Napa and Large Grain---Marker and Epic collections|
|Epic Satchel $295|
|optional shoulder strap...|
|zipped outer compartment-great for subway cards---we are always searching for.|
Eitienne Aigner costume jewelry for the holidays---with leather and chain wrap bracelets, chokers, chain metal bracelets, rings and earrings---all paying homage to the Aigner craft.
|multi-chain necklaces---with tassels|
|Year of the Dragon features of firecracker in red ---nice pop of color|
Jewelry prices $35-$225
A new internet presence in August 2012...and we heard, a retail store--Eitienne Aigner-'s website is WIP.
ADDED PLUS: The NY Times obit on Eitienne Aigner...details what an amazing person he was-living ti the ripe old age of 95!